Pallacanestro Virtus Roma

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Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma logo
Leagues Italian League
Eurocup
Founded 1960
History Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
(1960–present)
Arena Palazzetto dello Sport
(capacity: 3,500)
PalaLottomatica
(capacity: 11,200)
Location Rome
Team colors Red, Yellow, Blue
              
President Claudio Toti
Head coach Italy Marco Calvani
Website virtusroma.it
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, also known for sponsorship reasons as Acea Virtus Roma, is a prominent Italian League professional basketball club. The club was founded in 1960. It was one of 13 European clubs that held Euroleague Basketball Company A Licenses, which provide their holders with a guaranteed place in the Euroleague, but they lost their license in 2012. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

Well-known players who have played with the club have included: George Gervin, Michael Cooper, Anthony Parker, Dino Rađa, Carlton Myers, Brian Shaw, Rick Mahorn, Danny Ferry, Gregor Fučka, Larry Wright, Luigi Datome, Brandon Jennings, and Dejan Bodiroga, who became the team's GM after his retirement from playing.

History[edit]

The club was originally founded only a few hundred yards from St. Peter's Square, as the result of the merger of two existing Roman sides in the lower divisions; San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, taking the name Virtus Aurelia. Only a short while after its foundation, the name was changed into the final and current Pallacanestro Virtus Roma.

The four founders were Rino Saba, Paolo Ragni, Pileri, Franco Polidori and Armando Polidori, who was elected first president.

The immediately following years saw the military-style training in small groups, practicing outside under the arches of Porta Cavalry. The situation changed in the early seventies when in 1972 Polidori entered into negotiations between the president and some officials of the Banco di Roma, sponsor of the training works committee, which took part in sports sponsorship. Being involved with sponsorship of the team, which at that time still hobbled in series C, ambitious bank executives who were seeking greater visibility, then aimed at the direct acquisition of Virtus Roma basketball operations. The colors were set as blue, yellow and red.

Arenas[edit]

Today, the team can play its home games in the Italian League at the Palatiziano, which seats 3,500 spectators or at the PalaLottomatica, which seats 11,200. For Euroleague games, the team must play at the PalaLottomatica.

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 5 United States Goss, Phil 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 31 – (1983-04-07)April 7, 1983
G/F 6 United States Jones, Bobby 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 30 – (1984-01-09)January 9, 1984
PG 7 Italy Reali, Marco 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 19 – (1995-01-23)January 23, 1995
PF 8 Italy Tonolli, Alessandro 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 40 – (1974-06-25)June 25, 1974
SF 9 Italy Righetti, Alex 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 37 – (1977-08-14)August 14, 1977
G 10 Italy D'Ercole, Lorenzo 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 26 – (1988-02-11)February 11, 1988
PG 11 United States Taylor, Jordan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 24 – (1989-09-30)September 30, 1989
F 12 United States Eziukwu, Callistus 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 29 – (1985-07-03)July 3, 1985
SF 14 United States Hosley, Quinton 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 30 – (1984-04-25)April 25, 1984
G 20 United States Baron, Jimmy 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 28 – (1986-05-23)May 23, 1986
F 21 Poland Ignerski, Michał 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 34 – (1980-08-13)August 13, 1980
SG 24 Italy Moraschini, Riccardo 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 23 – (1991-01-08)January 8, 1991
PF 32 United States Mbakwe, Trevor 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 25 – (1989-01-24)January 24, 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: October 28, 2013


Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Gani Lawal Péter Lóránt
PF Olek Czyż Alessandro Tonolli
SF Gigi Datome Bobby Jones
SG Phil Goss Ade Dagunduro
PG Jordan Taylor Lorenzo D'Ercole Matteo Tambone

Honors[edit]

Total titles: 6

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Worldwide competitions[edit]

Results[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Italian Cup European competitions
2006–07 1 Lega Basket Serie A 4 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2007–08 1 Lega Basket Serie A 2 Finalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2008–09 1 Lega Basket Serie A 2 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2009–10 1 Lega Basket Serie A 7 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2010–11 1 Lega Basket Serie A 9 1 Euroleague T16
2011–12 1 Lega Basket Serie A 13
2012–13 1 Lega Basket Serie A 3 Finalist Semifinalist
2013–14 1 Lega Basket Serie A 6 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RS

Notable players[edit]

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Jasmin Repeša and his players during a timeout during the 2005-06 season.
  • Maurizio Polidori – 1972–73
  • Francesco Della Penna – 1973–74
  • Alessandro Lisotti – 1974–76
  • Nello Paratore – 1976–81
  • Giancarlo Asteo – 1981–82
  • Paolo Di Fonzo – 1982
  • Valerio Bianchini – 1982–85
  • Mario De Sisti – 1985–86
  • Giuseppe Guerrieri – 1986–88
  • Giancarlo Primo – 1988–89
  • Petar Skansi – 1989
  • Valerio Bianchini – 1989–91
  • Paolo Di Fonzo – 1991–92
  • Franco Casalini – 1992–94
  • Nevio Ciaralli – 1994

Sponsorship names[edit]

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[1]

  • Banco Roma (1971–88)
  • Phonola Roma (1988–89)
  • Il Messaggero Roma (1989–92)
  • Burghy Roma (1993–94)
  • Teorematour Roma (1994–95)
  • Nuova Tirrena Roma (1995–96)
  • Telemarket Roma (1996–97)
  • Calze Pompea Roma (1996–99)
  • Adr Roma (1999–01)
  • Würth Roma (2001–02)
  • Lottomatica Roma (2002–2011)
  • Acea Roma (2011–present)

References[edit]

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